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Lois Brace, Executive/Artistic Director

lois@presserpac.com

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Mrs. Brace has lived in Mexico for 25+ years and together with her husband Craig raised 3 children Collin, Evan and Lillian.  She has her MFA from Texas State University in Theatre Directing, her Bachelors of Arts in Speech Communication and English from Southwest Baptist University.   She has been involved with Presser Performing Arts Center since 1992 as production director, and now as the Executive Artistic Director.  She has also served on the Board of Directors for Missouri Association of Community Theatres. She has received the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce award for community achievement.  Lois received Outstanding Contribution to Mexico Area Community Theatre Award.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Missouri Association for Community Arts Agencies, the Arts Education Collaborative for the State of Missouri, as a Missouri Arts Council Panelist, and is a member of the D.A.R. and PEO. It is through Mrs. Brace’s planning and vision that PPAC has grown and developed into a thriving arts center.  Her enthusiasm has only been matched by her energy to impact vibrancy in the arts for Mexico and the surrounding area.  She was nominated for the Missouri Arts Council “Leadership in the Arts” award for 2017. Her passion is directing and seeing lives change through creativity.

 Stephanie Kulas, Administrator

stephanie@presserpac.com

Stephanie is originally from Lake of the Ozarks where her love of the arts began as a small child participating in community theater and church choir productions. She moved to Mexico in 2010 and is very excited to be involved with Presser Performing Arts Center. Stephanie has a Bachelors of Arts in Music and Arts Administration from Drury University where she was a member of Drury Singers and Zeta Tau Alpha. She also has a Masters of Business Administration-Social Media from Stephen’s College. Stephanie loves reading and quilting. She lives in Mexico with her husband Mike and daughter Penelope.

Catherine Quinlan Makeup  Director

unnamedCatherine has been professionally trained as a makeup artist and has been working as a stage professional for 6 years.  She manages makeup crews and shows. If you are interested in volunteering fill out a volunteer form to the right and send to:
Presser PAC, ATTN: Catherine Quinlan
900 S Jefferson St. Mexico, Mo 65265

David Pickering Technical Director

10341514_10153328519211136_2296095321273011547_n (1) David has been involved with Presser Productions for 20 years, Miss Missouri productions for 20 years and has assisted and directed MANY concerts and events in Mid Missouri. He is the Sound and Lighting director for Presser Performing Arts Center and spends many hours training and helping others understand the art of visual effects. David is a professional photographer as well as a local businessman in Mexico.

Linda Ahmann Marketing Outreach

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tmahmann@yahoo.com

Linda has been a permanent fixture in the community of Mexico for a very long time serving the Red Cross, Garden Club, Book Clubs, and the lists are too long to list.   If you have available time and you are looking for a connection she can help you.

 

Yukiyo Lake Piano Instructor

Yukiyo Lake

dyanpiano1@gmail.com

Ms. Lake has been with Presser for 8 years and grown the music program into a very competitive Suzuki program that is recognized in the state.Yukiyo was born and raised in Japan. She came to the United States in 1990, earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado in Denver, and her Master’s degree from Wichita State University. She was inspired by Siri Geenen and the Suzuki method when her son, Adam, started taking violin lessons. She became a registered Suzuki piano teacher in 2007, and joined the Presser Performing Arts Center in 2008.  She studied with Joan Krzywicki, Dr. Karen Bartman, Cathy Hargrave, and Bruce Anderson. She believes Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy that good teachers always continue to study to become better teachers. She frequently attends teacher trainings, workshops, and conferences. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the St. Louis Suzuki Piano Teachers’ Association, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Federation of Music Clubs. Yukiyo enjoys teaching students ages 3 and up. Her students have opportunities to perform not only in solo but also with others in Mexico, Columbia, St. Louis and other places. She lives in Columbia with her husband, David; their 2 children, Adam and Nadia; and a dog named Jack.

 Margaret Frazier Piano Instructor

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mjanefrazier@gmail.com

Margaret Frazier has been playing piano since she was 6.  She is a long time resident of Mexico having raised her family of 6 here with her husband Jeff, and she has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Missouri State University.  She has been with Presser for the past 20 years in and out of productions and wants to give back now as the newly certified Suzuki Piano Instructor.  She love to paint and spend time with her family.

 

Grady Frazier, Guitar Instructor

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capitalshipsmusic@gmail.com

Raised in an environment conducive to exploring the arts, Grady found an itch for music early on. Although the medium has changed from drumming, to saxophone, to a short experiment with the fiddle… guitar took the spotlight in eighth grade and has since been his weapon of choice. As a singer-songwriter signed with Unlabeled Records(Kansas City), the guitar plays an instrumental roll for Grady in expressing stories. Music, in his opinion, is the incarnation of emotion…the means by which emotion becomes tangible. Therefore his teaching philosophy revolves around the idea that exploring music can and should be used as a vessel to explore one’s self

 

 

 

 

Júlia Coelho, Voice Instructor

Júlia Coelho, soprano, comes from Portugal. She has a MM in Vocal Performance (2017) from the University of Missouri, and is currently pursuing a MA in Musicology at the same institution, where she studies with Prof. Tharp and worked for 3.5 years as graduate teaching assistant in voice and in music theory, and as graduate research assistant in musicology.

She has a MM in Canto Lirico from the Conservatory D. Cimarosa in Avellino (2013; vocal performance with focus on music history), and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Lisbon (2010), where she added foreign languages to her studies, namely German, Spanish, and French. As a researcher, she has presented at conferences in Missouri and Italy, and has publications and translations in English, Portuguese, and Italian related to music, poetry, and philosophy.

With a major focus in Early Music as a scholar/performer, she has performed in several choirs and as a soloist in concerts, recitals, staged works/operas, and music festivals in Italy, Portugal, and USA. She won prizes in competitions such as “Città di Eboli” and “Campi Flegrei” (2011, Opera) in Italy, “Luísa Todi” (2015) in Portugal, “MMTA” (2014, 2015) and “American Prize” (2016, Art Song and Oratorio) in the USA. On stage in Italy and in the USA she has performed as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Cleopatra in Händel’s Giulio Cesare, Fortuna in Monteverdi’s Poppea, Zabel in Keil’s A Serrana, Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Suor Genevieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Premiére Musicienne in Lully’s Le Carnaval Masquerade, among others, and through the Amherst Early Music Festival with Dr. Julianne Baird, she performed in 2016 Orontea in Cesti’s Orontea.

 Maggie Levin- Ceramics Instructor

Ever since I could remember, I was always intrigued with art. First drawing, then painting, then my true passion, ceramics. Art was really the only subject in school I felt like I excelled in. So, with that in mind I knew my major in college was going to be art. Then I fell in love with the idea of making everyday objects, with a creative twist. I graduated with honors from Columbia College, in Columbia Missouri. I received a Bachelors of Arts in Art with a minor in Art History. I currently live in Mexico Missouri with my husband and our lovably, goofy three big dogs (Mason, Lily, and Charlotte).

Izzie Duval- Theatre Camp Director

1930938_506620293496_6124_nIzzie has been an avid thespian all her life.  She began her theater career at the age of 5 as “Tootie” in Meet Me in St. Louis and fell in love with the theater, performing in countless productions throughout her entire childhood.  Izzie trained in dance beginning at age 5 and gymnastics at age 10.  She began classical vocal training at the age of 12 and went on to compete and win many district and state competitions, including performing with the National Youth Choir in NYC, and winning 1st place in the NATS Musical Theater (Central Region) competition in 2007.  Izzie began teaching theater and musical theater dance at the age of 16 and went on to direct and choreograph multiple productions.

Izzie received her BFA in Theater Performance from Stephens College in 2009.  While in college, she performed in every mainstage musical, including some favorite roles as “Little Sally” in Urinetown and “Amy” in Little Women, the musical(dir. Jana Robbins, Broadway producer).  While at Stephens, Izzie worked at the Okiboji Summer Theater, performing in 10 shows including The Secret Garden (Martha), Nunsense II (Sister Amnesia), and 1940s Radio Hour (Connie Miller).  After graduation, Izzie moved to Kansas City and worked as a professional actor for many theaters including The Kansas City Repertory Theatre (Saved, the musical, dir. Gary Griffin, Broadway director; Circle Mirror Transformation), The Coterie Theater (Lucky Duck, the Musical; Benjamin Franklin’s Apprentice; Treasure Trunk Tour), Metropolitan Ensemble Theater (Light in the Piazza (Clara); South Pacific), Musical Theater Heritage (Big River; A Spectacular Christmas),and Quality Hill Playhouse.  Izzie also worked for the Coterie Theater as a teaching artist for many years.

Currently, Izzie is working as a freelance theater artist out of Lawrence, KS, where she lives with her husband Matt and mini Australian Shepherd, Hero.  Izzie enjoys leading worship, working with the youth group, and leading Herbarium Creative, an arts ministry, at her local church, as well as traveling, reading, and renovating her and Matt’s 100 year-old home.

Izzie has been working at PPAC since 2012, where she choreographed and/or assistant directed The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin Jr., Mulan Jr., Bye Bye Birdie Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Jr.  She also directed Creative Dramatics Camp in 2013 (Where the Wild Things Are) and 2016 (Giraffes Can’t Dance).  Izzie is thrilled to be directing Theater Camp this summer!

Sam Dalton Film Director

sam-mug-lgSam is an actor, writer, producer and director. He teaches our summer theatre camp and consults throughout the year on our projects. Our movies are in-depth, crash courses on filmmaking. They are submitted to film festivals nationwide and they get in!  To find out more about Sam click here:

SAM DALTON

 

 

 

 

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